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Motorized Howl’s Moving Castle Set Pitched to LEGO

An anime and LEGO fan going by ericlego321 is trying to get LEGO to officially pick up his creation, a motorized Howl’s Moving Castle.

“Dated back in 2004, Howl’s Moving Castle remains one of the most beloved anime films even to this day,” ericlego321 explained. “The film will also mark its 20th anniversary in 2024, thus it would be great to make a fully motorized model of this iconic steampunk fortress a real LEGO set on the special occasion.”

ericlego321 continued:

“This amazing 1:100 LEGO interpretation of Howl’s iconic Moving Castle includes intricate exterior detailing such as the 3 big triples turrets, the iconic mechanical legs, the mysterious rear door, and the charming micro-city!

What moving castle is complete if it doesn’t actually move? This wicked model also features a motorized system, allowing it to not only move forward but also triggering the movement of its mouth, tongue, bodyside panels, and chimney simultaneously!

The beast tallies at about 2000 pcs, which makes it the perfect display model for your living room!

It could include 5 minifigures: Howl, Sophie, Markl, Calcifer, and the Scarecrow.”

As of this writing, the project has 2,202 supporters and 574 days to go. LEGO invites ideas, saying, “Come up with an awesome idea and become a LEGO Fan designer! Product Ideas take a long time to develop, you’ll have to promote your project and only the very best will win the hearts—and votes— of LEGO fans, but the incredible prize of seeing your creation become a real LEGO set makes all that effort worthwhile.”

That said, making a cool set and getting thousands of followers does not guarantee LEGO will decide to make your set a real set. So far LEGO hasn’t created any sets inspired by anime or manga, including after a Naruto set got more than 10,000 supporters. Click here if you want to help support!

Source: LEGO Ideas


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.